The Covid-19 Crisis calls for clear thinking but how do we know if we are thinking clearly about Covid-19? How do we know if someone else is arguing logically?
This column includes examples from the Covid-19 Crisis in order to explain how our minds work when they think clearly about anything. It is an introduction to, or review of, basic epistemology, which is the branch of philosophy that studies knowing. Much of what follows is common sense because good philosophy elaborates common sense. Just as naturally good athletes still benefit from good coaching, naturally good thinkers still benefit from learning good philosophy. Philosophical terminology will be minimized as much as possible since this column is intended for a wide readership.